A new pit complex, modern corporate facilities and updated garages are just some of the upgrades planned for the nation’s spectator track, Wakefield Park Raceway, in the next 12 months – and the circuit’s management encourages people to have their say on the proposed improvements.
The Goulburn circuit is in the process of submitting a development application (DA) to Goulburn Mulwaree Council, for key construction projects that will secure Wakefield Park’s future as a permanent motorsport facility.
At the forefront of the DA is a new multi-storey pit facility, which will house dedicated corporate facilities along with more modern circuit operation, race control, medical and media headquarters.
The DA also includes provision for the demolition of some current buildings, relocation of the marshalling area and more versatile parking areas.
Importantly, the DA does not seek a relaxation of the current noise restrictions adhered to by the venue; in fact, the enhanced corporate facilities will attract different events for newer, quieter vehicles such as manufacturer launches and drive days.
Interested stakeholders, including Wakefield Park customers and competitors, surrounding residents, owners of local businesses and other members of the public will have the opportunity to view detailed information and provide specific feedback as part of the community consultation program, which will include two “drop-in” sessions to be held at the circuit on Tuesday 1 September and Saturday 5 September.
Wakefield Park Venue Manager Dean Chapman explained the planned scope of works at Wakefield Park will have both short and long-term benefits for the region.
“Wakefield Park is a major contributor to the local economy but it’s essential we keep pace with other permanent circuits, so we can continue to deliver these advantages to the community,” Mr Chapman said.
“The work we’re planning at Wakefield Park is designed to attract a wider variety of events and secure the venue’s future as a viable business, and one that can continue to deliver widespread economic benefits to the Goulburn region.
“Additionally, the construction work, which is due to begin after funding is secured, will produce opportunities for local builders and contractors. This will create employment opportunities in the face of the difficult economic situations many people are encountering in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Mr Chapman said community feedback on the DA will be essential for ensuring the planned updates to the circuit are beneficial for all stakeholders.
“We’re reaching out to all the members of the community and asking for their feedback. We’re encouraging as many people as possible to attend our drop-in sessions, or provide input through the relevant channels on our website. The more feedback we receive, the more effectively we will be able to collaborate with Goulburn Mulwaree Council to ensure the DA is successful.”
All members of the public are invited to attend the Community Information and Drop In sessions, where they will be able to meet members of the Wakefield Park team, ask questions and provide feedback.
Wakefield Park DA – Community Information and Drop In Sessions
Wakefield Park Raceway
4770 Braidwood Road, Tirrannaville NSW 2580
Tuesday, 1 September – 4:00pm-6:00pm
Saturday, 5 September – 11:00am-2:00pm